Bomb blast on train kills 12 in SW Pakistan

April 08, 2014 - 1:38:58 pm

QUETTA: A bomb blast on a train travelling in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan killed at least 12 people on Tuesday, officials said, with the death toll feared to rise.

The explosion, which also injured around 40 people, occurred after the train had pulled to a stop at Sibi railway station, around 160 kilometres or 100 miles south of the provincial capital of Quetta.

"We have recovered 11 dead bodies from the train. They have been burnt to charcoal," said senior police official Mohammad Nazar, adding one injured person died after being taken to hospital.

Sher Khan Bazai, a senior administration official, confirmed the incident. 

Two carriages of the train caught fire after the blast but the flames had since been put out, Nazar told AFP.

The injured have been taken to a military hospital in the same town, he said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but it came a day after paramilitary troops said they had launched an operation in the insurgency-racked province and killed around 40 rebels.

Resource-rich Baluchistan is home to a long-running separatist conflict that was revived in 2004, with nationalists seeking to stop what they see as the exploitation of the region's natural resources and alleged rights abuses. (AFP)

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